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Don't leave housekeeping rules at home-bring them to work with you

by , 08 July 2015
Chores and tidiness aren't just things you preach to your teenager at home. They are applicable in all spheres of life. One of the key areas of your Health and Safety programme, under Environmental regulations for Workplaces 6.2, Occupational Health and Safety Act is housekeeping.

Workplace housekeeping splits into many parts. There are two main sections though which all else rests on. Below we look at those sections.

Above all, there is ONE golden rule on housekeeping in the workplace. Take a peek and find out what it is.

The two main sections of workplace housekeeping 

1. Housekeeping around machinery
The workspace around machinery must be clear and the ground always unobstructed. This means clean as you go! 
As an employer, you must provide means to keep work areas uncontaminated and organized at all times. There is at least 2.25m2 of clear, open floor space for every employee that works indoors. Make sure employees keep workplaces are clean, orderly and unimpeded. Instil a culture in employees, that they clear away the tools and materials as they work. 
This will mean your workplace is free of unnecessary material. Housekeeping is not only about being neat tidy, it minimises health and safety hazards especially around machinery. 
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2. Housekeeping in buildings and structures 

Maintain your buildings and keep them in a good condition. This will prevent accidents caused by shabby building structures. Make sure the walls and roofs don't leak. 
Get rid of the bad habit that happens in most buildings, of using passageways to store random bits and bobs. These cluttered passageways are an accident waiting to happen.  Keep the stairs clear as well. 
Cordon off floor openings, hatchways, unused stairways and open edges.
Workplace housekeeping isn't only about keeping your workplace looking good. It's a systematic process that reduces health and safety hazards in the workplace. This ensures that you're compliant with health and safety regulations. 

The golden rule of housekeeping in the workplace

'There is a place for everything and everything in its place.' Drill this into your employees until they're saying it in they're sleep. It's this rule that holds together your workplace housekeeping. 

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